Benedict’s La Strata: Enjoy a Little Creativity at Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is just the starting point for the inventive menu at this spot in downtown Crystal Lake. Meet the inventive chef who puts a creative, and healthy, spin on every meal.

Northwest Quiz: Your Neighbor Cities

How well do you know your neighbors? Match each question to one of the cities from this list. Each city is used twice. No peeking! Answers are below.

Make a Splash Around Your Poolside

Whether you call it a cement pond or a backyard retreat, your pooldeck should be a relaxing place for your family. Discover some easy ways to create a pleasant landscape.

Sprightly Spring Fashion

Bright colors and simple slenderness mark this season’s hot styles.

Hear the Sweet Sounds of Summer

Summertime is nearly here, and so are a variety of outdoor musical shows, from major headliners to local acts. See a summary of a few local hotspots inside.

Mind & Spirit Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.

Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues.

Nooks & Crannies, Winter Edition

Check out these unique stores from around our region

Success Story: O’Reilly’s Stained Glass

It started as a search for a decorative window and turned into a hobby. Discover how this Crystal Lake artist turned her passion into a business and a creative workshop for other glass artists.

It’s All About the Bags in This Game

Call it bags, bean bag toss, cornhole — but don’t say it’s not competitive. Discover a Crystal Lake league where every bean bag counts.